UK time is: 04:26:36
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Francis: Grabban has improved

AFC Bournemouth right back Simon Francis believes that Cherries top goal scorer Lewis Grabban has improved since Eddie Howe returned to manage the club.

Grabban joined the Cherries in the summer from League Two side Rotherham United for a reported fee of around £300,000.

He had spent just one season with Rotherham after moving from Brentford. He scored 18 goals in League Two making him the joint top goalscorer for the 2011/12 season.

Under former manager Paul Groves he played as a striker, right winger and the wide man of a front three, this spell brought just one goal in eleven appearances.

But since it was announced that Eddie Howe would be returning to the club as manager Grabban has primarily been used as an out and out striker and his goal return has vastly improved to eleven goals in twenty one appearances.

He recently went five games without a goal, but had been playing more of a wide role in those games, but following the recent transfer window signings of Ryan Fraser from Aberdeen and Matt Ritchie from Swindon, Francis firmly believes that Grabban's future remains upfront.

Francis told the Daily Echo...

'We do a lot of crossing and finishing and one-on-one finishing and he is really up there in terms of his finishing. I think it has improved since he first came in.

"When he first started, because he had played a lot of games out wide, he wanted to run down the channels. But now, he is making narrow runs, getting in on goal and scoring goals.

"He can play right wing but having brought in the players we have, I am not sure how much he will be needed now on the right. He will definitely be a more important player up front for us."


RednBlack Shack

Don't forget to keep checking the RednBlack Shack for great online deals and help to raise money for the AFC Bournemouth Youth Team.

It's easy to join AFCB Vital

With Vital Bournemouth you can win prizes just by having your say on the articles, polls and forums, click the link to register.

Join The Vital Debate





Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 9 2013

Time: 9:37AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent AFC Bournemouth Articles

Rate The Ref: Away to Birmingham (Friday October 24 2014)

Howe: I'm focused on us (Friday October 24 2014)

Cook: Great position to kick on (Friday October 24 2014)

Howe: I've been backed by Demin (Friday October 24 2014)

Howe: Only a matter of time for Ritchie (Thursday October 23 2014)

Büchel joins Welling (Thursday October 23 2014)

Cherries travel to Birmingham (Thursday October 23 2014)

Ritchie: Aiming to keep standards high (Thursday October 23 2014)

Howe: Taking it slowly with Ward (Thursday October 23 2014)

Video: AFCB v Reading (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Archived AFC Bournemouth Articles

List All AFCB Vital Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DJ 203
2. billythekid 151
3. AlGard 128
4. Grumpy G 118
5. cockbeard 118
6. tednphil 82
7. kirsikka 79
8. northstandmark 78
9. dragonm8 77
10. table 74

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Norwich 13 6 4 3 10 22
6. Forest 13 5 7 1 9 22
7. Charlton 14 5 7 2 1 22
8. Bournemouth 13 6 3 4 6 21
9. Ipswich 13 5 5 3 4 20
10. Cardiff 13 5 4 4 2 19
11. Blackburn 13 5 4 4 -1 19

Breaking League News

Grant Holt To Stay At Hudderfield For Rest Of Year
» Wigan : 25/10/2014 00:15:00
Early Team News - Derby v Latics
» Wigan : 25/10/2014 00:03:00
What The Bosses Say - Derby v Latics
» Wigan : 24/10/2014 23:39:00
Millers v Seagulls Preview
» Rotherham : 24/10/2014 20:05:00
LUFC Leeds v Wolves - Over The Years
» Leeds Utd : 24/10/2014 20:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who has been the Cherries best summer signing?
Suggested By:  
Dan Gosling 10%
Junior Stanislas 14%
Callum Wilson 51%
Andrew Surman 25%